Sophie Cookson

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Sophie Cookson
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Cookson at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1990-05-15) 15 May 1990 (age 30)
Years active2013–present

Sophie Louise Cookson (born 15 May 1990)[1] is an English actress best known for portraying secret agent Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot in the 2014 spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service and its 2017 sequel The Golden Circle, and for playing the title role of Christine Keeler in the BBC One drama series, The Trial of Christine Keeler.

Early life[edit]

Cookson was brought up in Sussex and later Suffolk where she attended Woodbridge School. She was involved in singing and musical theatre since childhood.[2] After being part of a theatre company that had toured Japan, she decided to quit acting to study art history and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. However, she soon dropped out to pursue an acting career and attended the Oxford School of Drama for three years, and graduated in 2013.[1]


While still attending Oxford Drama School in her senior year,[2] she was cast as Grace Mohune in the Sky 1 miniseries Moonfleet, based on the J. Meade Falkner novel of the same name. In early 2014, she appeared in the film adaption of the Rosamunde Pilcher novel Unknown Heart produced by German television network ZDF, portraying Millie Lancaster. The same year, she also landed her first big screen role, replacing Emma Watson for the part of secret agent Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot in the spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.[2][3]

In 2016, she appeared in the film The Huntsman: Winter's War in a minor role as the female huntsman Pippa. Beginning in June 2017, she appeared in the Netflix series Gypsy as troubled singer Sidney Pierce. However, the series was cancelled in August after just one season due to negative reviews and low ratings, even though the second season had already been in development.[4] In July, she appeared in the horror film The Crucifixion, playing a journalist investigating a lethal exorcism performed on a nun, and in September of the same year, she reprised her role as Roxy Morton in the sequel to The Secret Service, The Golden Circle, while also appearing in a musical short for the song Pleader by British indie rock group alt-J.

On 1 May 2018 she appeared as Johanna of Ghent in the epic historical drama film Emperor. After accusations of fraud against the producer led to his arrest, the film spent considerable time in development hell[5] and was finally released on the streaming service Hulu. In 2018, she played Dottie, a role which required her to go fully nude, in the Trafalgar Studios production of the play Killer Joe, alongside Orlando Bloom. For her performance, Cookson received critical acclaim.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Pippa
Emperor Johanna 'Of Ghent'
2017 The Crucifixion Nicole Rawlins
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Roxanne "Roxy" Morton / Lancelot
2018 Red Joan Young Joan Elizabeth Stanley
2018 Ashes in the Snow Ona
2019 Greed Lily McCreadie
2021 Infinite Tammy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Moonfleet Grace Mohune Miniseries
2014 Unknown Heart Millie Lancaster Television film
2017 Gypsy Sidney Pierce Main role
2019–2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler Christine Keeler Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 20th Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer
Kingsman: The Secret Service


  1. ^ a b Halligan, Fionnulla (5 June 2014). "Sophie Cookson, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014". Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Wallace, Chris (8 June 2014). "Sophie Cookson". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  3. ^ Putchko, Kristy (5 June 2014). "Newcomer Sophie Cookson Beats Out Emma Watson For Secret Service". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 August 2017). "'Gypsy' Canceled By Netflix After 1 Season". Deadline. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Lee Tamahori's Emperor caught up in legal battle involving producer Paul Breuls". Stuff. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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